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Utah Group Hosts Event on Success of Medicaid Expansion in Neighboring Colorado

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Utah Group Hosts Event on Success of Medicaid Expansion in Neighboring Colorado

 

Salt Lake City- Democratic Senator Gene Davis will moderate a discussion on the success of Medicaid expansion in neighboring Colorado, called “Doing the Math: How Smart States Are Saving Lives and Money by Closing Coverage Gaps.” The event will be this Thursday, May 21st at Westminster College and include panelists from Colorado’s legislature.

 

Senator Davis has long been a proponent of Medicaid expansion. Along with Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, both officials are active members in Reforming States Group, a bipartisan group that shares information and evidence to solve health policy questions faced by states across the nation. Both sit on the Governor’s Health Reform Task Force, and have seen the benefits and drawbacks of all options provided to Utah.

 

She said, ”We can see the answer, and it is Medicaid expansion. Every ‘compromise’ the legislature comes to compromises someone’s life. That is not the business I am in. I am here to pass good policy, to make Utah better. Medicaid expansion does just that.”

 

Representative Chavez-Houck will be welcoming the panelists and crowd, while Senator Davis moderates the conversation, including a question and answer session. Details are as follows:

 

What: Medicaid Expansion Success Discussion

“Doing the Math – How Smart States Are Saving Lives and Money by Closing Coverage Gaps”

Who: Senator Gene Davis, Senate Democratic Caucus Leader

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, House Democratic Caucus Whip

Colorado Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D

Colorado Representative Lois Landgraff

John Bartholomew, Finance Office Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance

Hosted by the Utah Academy of Family Physicians

Made possible by Milbank Memorial Fund and Reforming States Group

When: Thursday, May 21st, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Westminster College – Gore Business School Auditorium

1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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West Side Democratic Legislators Oppose Prison Relocation To Their Community

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2015

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Communications Director

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

West Side Democratic Legislators Oppose Prison Relocation To Their Community

 

Salt Lake City- Democratic Representatives Sandra Hollins and Angela Romero, joined by Senator Luz Escamilla, will be attending a question and answer session on the potential relocation of the prison to an area in her district. The event will take place Wednesday, May 20th, at the Promontory Building in the Utah State Fairpark.

 

Representative Hollins released the following statement to address the concerns of her constituents: “Our community would rather a conversation regarding economic development as opposed to hosting a prison. As citizens of this state we are doing our part in the rehabilitation process of individuals – currently hosting 5 halfway houses on the west side.  I am here to protect my district’s interests, and to say no to this prison in Rose Park.”

 

Senator Escamilla said, “We welcome the opportunity to have our constituents be heard and participate of this critical conversation.  This community has a history of being completely disregarded on issues with a direct impact in their lives.”

 

What: Prison Relocation Open House, Question and Answer Session

Who: Representative Sandra Hollins, HD 23

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Promontory Building, Utah State Fairpark

155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

 

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Job Announcement: House Minority Constituent Specialist

Posted by on May 8, 2015

HOUSE MINORITY CONSTITUENT SPECIALIST

SALARY: $12.50 – $17.50 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 05/8/15 12:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: 05/15/15 11:59 PM

NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 1

POSITION TYPE: Part-Time

BENEFITS: This position may be eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay. The State requires employees to receive their pay through direct deposit or a payroll debit card account. If selected, you will receive more information about these benefit options and enrollment information through our onboarding process and during your first week or two on the job.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS POSITION PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME BY EMAIL TO jjankowski@le.utah.gov WITH “HOUSE MINORITY CONSTITUENT SPECIALIST” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

This is a career service exempt job. Employees placed in this position are appointed, non-classified, and exempt from 67-19-12. Employees provide administrative support and help for Utah State Representatives responding to constituents. Employees work closely with Representatives and staff assisting with organizing and originating correspondence, documentation, and other written communication; scheduling and coordinating meetings and appointments. Employees take and relay messages, respond to requests for information; and provide information and/or direct callers/visitors to appropriate individuals. Employees also assist Representatives with miscellaneous research and clerical support, and work with staff to provide solutions to constituent requests. Employees will not raise funds or perform campaign work for any state House race.

Overtime Exempt: Yes

Examples of Duties:

  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and other written materials.
  • Types and prepares written materials from source documents, transcriptions, etc.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support and assistance.
  • Reviews incoming correspondence; initiates replies as appropriate; routes matters requiring action by staff or other organizations.
  • Schedules and coordinates appointments, meetings, facilities, meals, equipment, etc. and follows up as needed.
  • Assists with research on various topics; assists with analyzing and summarizing results.
  • Coordinates activities of projects/programs for Representatives and staff, as requested.
  • Performs other related duties as directed by the supervisor.
  • Acts as a resource to provide information or determine the most effective way of meeting the needs of management, staff, clients or customers.
  • Maintains and creates files or record keeping systems.
  • Receives calls and greets visitors, takes and relays messages, responds to requests for information; provides information or directs callers/visitors to appropriate individuals.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • Coordinate the activities or tasks of people, groups and/or organizations
  • Find, gather, and collect information or data
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected officials and members of the public.
  • Deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • Organize information in a clear and concise manner
  • Research methods and techniques, information gathering, data collection
  • Utilize proper grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Operate a computer, fax machine, copier, and other office equipment
  • Strong computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Arrange, coordinate, or schedule appointments and details
  • Maintain strict confidentiality; work with multiple Representatives and maintain the trust and confidence of each
  • Use of social media and its uses in a business environment
  • Maintain personal integrity and professional work ethics
  • Use automated software applications
  • Enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in either written or electronic form
  • Establish, organize and/or maintain files
  • Follow written and/or oral instructions
  • Principles, practices and procedures of an office environment
  • Communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely in writing, read and understand information presented in writing
  • Use the telephone in a professional and courteous manner
  • Maintain a computer database

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking, standing; bending; carrying light items, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g. safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The State provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Department of Human Resource Management at (801) 538-3025 or TTY (801) 538-3696.

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Democrat Looks To New Leadership On Environmental Quality Issues

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrat Looks To New Leadership On Environmental Quality Issues

 

Salt Lake City- In the wake of the announcement that Amanda Smith, the current head of the Department of Environmental Quality, will be stepping down, Democratic Representative Patrice Arent issued the following statement:

 

“We have enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Amanda and appreciate her many years of dedicated service to the state, and the time she spent providing information on complex environmental  issues. We look forward to the new director’s willingness to join forces with legislators and advocates to create and implement plans that genuinely improve our environment. We hope that the next department director will have a firm understanding of the importance of improving air quality, preserving water quality and managing hazardous waste in our state, and will continue to strive with us to solve these vital issues.”

 

 

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Inaugural “Start By Believing” Day TODAY

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Inaugural “Start By Believing” Day TODAY

 

Salt Lake City- The inaugural “Start By Believing” Day in Utah will be today, Wednesday April 1st. Legislation sponsored by Representative Angela Romero designated the state as an active participant in the public awareness campaign aimed at improving responses by family, friends, and the community as a whole to victims of sexual assault.

 

Representative Romero said, “Utah has a sexual assault rate higher than the national average, and a report rate lower than the national average. This is a problem. Sexual assault effects more than just the victim, it affects the entire community. If we start by believing when a friend or family comes to us with this news, we can improve the chances of ending sexual assault in our state and providing a healing hand to those around us struggling with the fallout from this difficult crime. Every victim of every crime should be treated with the same dignity and respect, not questioned.”

 

Start By Believing Day will take place on the first Wednesday of every April in Utah. You can find more information on the nationwide movement at http://startbybelieving.org/ .

 

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Democrats Call For End To Healthy Utah Debate

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Call For End To Healthy Utah Debate

 

Salt Lake City- Poll results released yesterday by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy show Utahns overwhelmingly support Healthy Utah (82%) over Utah Cares (18%). House Democratic Leader Brian King called for an end to the legislative debate attempting to create a compromise between the two plans.

 

Representative King said, “The numbers are clear as day – Utahns want Healthy Utah. This ongoing discussion being had privately by Republican elected officials makes me wonder who they are trying to represent. The job of the legislature is to represent the people of Utah, creating good public policy that lifts Utahns, that helps them be successful. On the issue of Medicaid expansion, we are wasting tax payer dollars, wasting time, all while individuals who really need the added help are sick and dying.

 

“My caucus has heard the people. We’ve listened as story after story has been told of how access to healthcare builds families, individuals, and our state economy. The blatant refusal to execute the will of the people on this issue shows how out of touch some elected officials are. No more compromise. We need a special session, and we need to pass Healthy Utah.”

 

The results of the BYU poll show only 12% opposition to the Governor’s plan, with overwhelming 71% support for it. Utah Cares, the alternative plan proposed by Representative Dunnigan, only garnered 24% support, with 43% of the state opposed and 33% neither supporting nor opposing. The total results can be found at http://utahvoterpoll.org/documents/2015%20March%20UVP%20Topline.pdf .

 

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Democrats Stand Their Ground on Healthy Utah

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Stand Their Ground on Healthy Utah

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck spoke on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus about the recent announcement of a potential special legislative session to address a Healthy Utah compromise between House and Senate GOP leadership.

 

Representative Chavez-Houck said, “It is really disappointing to me that this potential compromise was not prioritized by our colleagues across the aisle. To wait and research for three years, then kick the can down the road another four months in hopes of some new revelatory information is cruel to the people who need this help now. There are people in our state who cannot wait until July for this help. There are families working themselves to the bone, having to decide between needed doctors visits or groceries. No one deserves that instability. No one deserves to live with that fear.

 

We will continue to work with our colleagues to do what is right for Utah. We hope that this time in special session will be solely dedicated to the best interests of the people of our state.”

 

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